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Korea Forest Service to Create Thousands of Jobs in Forestry Sector

Korea Forest Service to Create Thousands of Jobs in Forestry Sector

SEOUL, Aug. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The Korea Forest Service (KFS) is planning to create 60,000 new jobs in the forestry sector by the year 2022, with the expectation that new occupations relevant to forestry will appear in stages.   KFS head Kim Jae hyun said that the 60,000 jobs will consist of 5,000 in the [...]

Finance Minister Promises Easier Environment for Startups

Finance Minister Promises Easier Environment for Startups

SEOUL, Aug. 18 (Korea Bizwire) – Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon pledged Friday to remove barriers and regulatory blocks so that entrepreneurs can easily start their own business and lead the country’s innovative growth. Visiting the Tech Incubator Program for Startup (TIPS) Town in southern Seoul, Kim said he intends to double the TIPS-related budget for [...]

Battery Cages and Loose Environmental Regulations Behind South Korea’s Latest Egg Contamination Scandal

Battery Cages and Loose Environmental Regulations Behind South Korea’s Latest Egg Contamination Scandal

SEOUL, Aug. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – With the scandal surrounding eggs contaminated with harmful pesticides continuing to sweep South Korea, the long debated issues of controversial battery farms and poorly conducted environmental regulations are back in the spotlight. As an increasing number of chicken farms involved in the egg contamination scandal have been found to [...]

Seoul to Sanction ‘Unfriendly’ Taxi Drivers After Complaints Continue

Seoul to Sanction ‘Unfriendly’ Taxi Drivers After Complaints Continue

SEOUL, Aug. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Seoul taxi drivers still have an attitude issue, according to the sheer number of complaints filed with the Seoul Metropolitan Government so far this year. Data released by the city government on Sunday revealed that 9,115 complaints related to taxi drivers had been filed between January and June, with unfriendly [...]

100 Days in Office, President Moon Sets Tone for Tough Reforms

100 Days in Office, President Moon Sets Tone for Tough Reforms

SEOUL, Aug. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — In less than 100 days since taking office, new South Korean President Moon Jae-in appears to have successfully turned the boat around, mostly for the better, but also with many challenges that include escalating tension with communist North Korea. The changes initiated by Moon during his first three months [...]

THAAD Protesters Refuse to Accept Gov’t Survey on Environmental Impact

THAAD Protesters Refuse to Accept Gov’t Survey on Environmental Impact

SEONGJU, Aug. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Local residents and activists campaigning against the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system said Sunday they will not accept the outcome of a government survey that ruled out the possibility of its serious environmental damage. On Saturday, the government announced the result of a survey of electromagnetic [...]

FTC Slaps 796 mln-won Fines on Two Bid Rigging Companies

FTC Slaps 796 mln-won Fines on Two Bid Rigging Companies

SEJONG, Aug. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s antitrust watchdog said Thursday that it has imposed a combined 796 million won (US$699,000) in fines on two local electronics part suppliers for rigging bids for public railway construction projects. The two companies — Yookyung Control Co. and Hyukshin Engineering Co. — allegedly colluded to participate in [...]

Studying Arabic No Longer Easy Way Out for South Korean University Entrance Exam Takers

Studying Arabic No Longer Easy Way Out for South Korean University Entrance Exam Takers

SEOUL, Aug. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean students undertaking the College Scholastic Ability Test from 2021 will no longer be able to benefit from choosing Arabic as an easy way out, as a new education white paper has revealed government plans to reintroduce an absolute evaluation system to weed out those with little to no [...]

Gov’t Puts Off THAAD Environmental Survey

Gov’t Puts Off THAAD Environmental Survey

SEOUL, Aug. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government on Thursday postponed a formal environmental survey on the the advanced U.S. missile defense system deployed in a southern town due to a fierce protest by local residents and activists. The defense and environment ministries had planned to conduct the joint study of electromagnetic radiation [...]